Women’s groups want OAG to indict all Mae Hong Son officials accused of buying sex from minors

Women’s and child protection organizations have demanded the Office of the Attorney-General to consider indicting the governor and some senior officials of Mae Hong Son for allegedly buying sex from under-aged girls after the provincial prosecutor has decided not to proceed their cases to the court.

The group on Thursday (Nov 16) submitted an open letter to attorney-general Khemchai Chutiwong, asking him look into the Mae Hong Son attorney’s Nov 7 decision not to indict a suspect in the high-profile case.

OAG spokesman Prayuth Petchakhun received the letter from the organizations which include the Social Equality Promotion Foundation; Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation;  and Network of Lawyers for Children and Youth.

Thicha na Nakorn, an expert on youth and children, told the media that she found out that the Mae Hong Son provincial prosecutor decided on Nov 7 not to pursue cases to the court against some provincial officials, including Governor Suebsak Iamvijarn, accused of buying sex from under-aged girls.

Thicha na Nakorn

She said the women’s and child protection organizations wanted the attorney-general reconsider the cases against Mae Hong Son provincial officials, noting that buying sex from minors is a serious offence.

The OAG spokesman promised to refer the group’s open letter to the attorney-general for consideration.

Mae Hong Son provincial police chief, Pol Maj-Gen Preecha Wimonchaichit, said the police had filed altogether 48 cases against some 30 officials, including the governor, to the provincial prosecutor who, however, agreed not to proceed with the governor’s case to the court while the rest of the cases were still pending consideration.

The case surfaced in the middle of this year and the police forwarded the files to the prosecutor in August.